ARSA Dispatch
May. 22, 2013

Register Now for Today's International Regulatory Law Primer Webinar
ARSA's online training courses are open to anyone interested in learning more about the business of aviation, particularly regulatory safety. The association revises these courses often, and they are accessible through the WebEx platform.

The association is offering weekly webinars with experts from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein to address a variety of business and compliance issues confronting the aviation industry. Instructors will work off a PowerPoint presentation that will be provided to participants.

The next webinar, titled "International Regulatory Law Primer," will take place at 12:00 noon (Eastern) today.

Please click here to register for today's webinar or to learn more about ARSA's online training offerings.More

Recorded Webinars and Online Training Now Available

ARSA is pleased to announce that recorded webinars and online training classes are now available for member purchase. Members may review webinar and online training class recordings by clicking here. Once a selection has been made, ARSA will send you the course syllabus, pdf of the presentation, and a link to view the session.

Click here to get started today! More

ARSA Blog: Back to Basics

ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses how the government needs to get back to basics.

To read Fisher's blog and other ARSA commentary, please visit

MacLeod Addresses AMROI

This week, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod addressed attendees at Aviation MRO Indonesia 2013 in Jakarta. MacLeod provided the International Key Note Address titled "Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation in Aviation Safety and Maintenance Regulations" and also participated as a panelist during the "MRO Roundtable — How Can Indonesia's MRO Industry Achieve World Class Standards and Keep Pace with the Expansion and Growth of the Country's Airlines?"

In addition to presenting at AMROI 2013, MacLeod met with key Indonesian aviation officials to discuss aviation maintenance safety and economic matters as well as ways in which the U.S. MRO community can work more cooperatively with the Indonesian MRO community.

"This trip has been a fantastic educational and networking experience," stated MacLeod. "Indonesia continues to expand its MRO presence. ARSA must be actively engaged with those companies that provide maintenance in Indonesia to ensure collaboration on safety and business matters with their counterparts here in the U.S."More

Obama Fills FAA Deputy Spot with Aviation Exec

On May 15, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Michael Whitaker, a former aviation industry executive, to serve as the FAA's deputy administrator. Because the position does not require Senate confirmation, Whitaker's service will become effective upon the president's official nomination.

Whitaker most recently served as a board member and business development consultant for InterGlobe Enterprises from 2011 to 2012 following two years as the group's CEO. Whitaker worked for United Airlines from 1994 to 2009, most recently as senior vice president for alliances, international, and regulatory affairs. He also spent time at Trans World Airlines from 1991 to 1994 as assistant general counsel for regulatory and international affairs.

The FAA has been without a deputy administrator since 2011, when now-Administrator Michael Huerta was promoted following the resignation of former Administrator Randy Babbitt. More

Funding Opportunities for Partnerships with Higher Education

One of ARSA’s top priorities is workforce development. ARSA therefore provides its membership with opportunities to train the future workers and leaders of the aviation industry. One way for a repair station to invest in its community and help develop a stronger local workforce is to partner with a local trade school or community college.

Two federal grant opportunities are available to fund partnerships with higher education institutions. While both require the school be the named applicant, the funds may be used toward a joint project with a business or local employer.More

Exciting Opportunity for Students to Gain Experience in Nation's Capital

Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, a boutique law firm in Alexandria, Va., (across the river from Washington, D.C.) specializing in the aerospace and construction industries, currently has an opening for its summer communications internship program.

The intern will gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how policy is crafted and the impact it has on critical sectors of the economy. Monitoring developments in the nation's capital, drafting content for various client publications, conducting research on related issues, and undertaking many other hands-on assignments will provide the rare opportunity of "seeing how the sausage is made" in Washington.

For more information, please visit More

Media Kit Available to Improve Industry's Press Outreach

In an effort to boost ARSA's visibility, the association recently produced a Media Kit to inform both industry press and general media of the benefits of contract maintenance. The association's new Media Kit is the best source to find ARSA staff's areas of expertise, aviation maintenance professionals willing to speak on the industry's behalf, and ARSA's latest global MRO industry economic study. View the ARSA Media Kit at

For questions about ARSA's media program, please email Vice President of Communications, Policy, and Planning Eric Byer at More

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ARSA's monthly publication, the hotline, reaches readers in hundreds of member companies, including certificated repair stations, manufacturers, air carriers, and suppliers. ARSA members and federal employees receive the newsletter free of charge.

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May/June 2013 Issue of FAA Safety Briefing Now Available

The May/June 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on environmental advances in general aviation. Articles explore ways we can "fly green" through new technology and by following environmentally sound practices. The feature articles in this issue include how to be a noise-friendly neighbor, the future of electric aircraft and a look at FAA's avgas initiative. The online edition is available here.More

Purchase Your Compliance Publication Today

ARSA provides some of the most comprehensive compliance publications in the aviation maintenance industry. All members also receive special discounts, so take a moment to review the association’s list of publications today.More

Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring the 2014 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.More

Boeing Resumes 787 Deliveries
Air Transport World
Boeing delivered a new 787 to All Nippon Airways, the first 787 delivery to occur since deliveries were suspended in January when FAA grounded the Dreamliner. ANA, the 787 launch customer, already had 17 787s in its fleet. It plans to restart commercial Dreamliner flights June 1. More

World Commercial Aircraft MRO Market to Reach $49.2 Billion This Year, According to Visiongain
Avionics Intelligence
The expansion of air travel will ensure an increase in production rates for new aircraft which should give MRO providers ample opportunities for new business.More

AAR Holds Career Fair in Fort Worth to Tap Experienced Aircraft Mechanics
With 200 immediate openings, AAR hopes to start conversations with skilled aircraft maintenance technicians interested in joining its nationwide network of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul stations. More

Colorado Passes Tax Credit Bill That Helps MROs
Aviation, maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses in Colorado will now be eligible for the state's existing $1,200-per-new-employee income tax credit for aircraft manufacturing firms.More